Problem joining a Windows Server 2003 domain - "Network path not found"
Posted on 2006-11-28
I recently installed two Windows Server 2003 servers, Server2 and Server3. (I am not a Windows Server 2003 expert, sorry.) I set them each up as their completely separate domain, in the hope that at least one of them would work. Server2 is the DC of the domain School and Server3 is the DC of the domain GodsLake. I tried to set them up identically except for the domain name of course. On both machines: Active Directory and DNS are installed, IIS is installed, each server can see the Internet no problem.
Server2 works, I can join its domain just fine. But when I try to join a workstation to Server3, the same Windows XP Professional workstation from which I can join Server2, it fails.
The error message I get is 'The following error occurred attempting to join the domain "GodsLake": The network path was not found.'
One clue is, from the workstation, when I "ping server2" it works, but when I "ping server3", it fails. It says "Ping server3 [192.168.0.94] ..." but actually server3 is at 192.168.0.8. (I can ping both servers by their IP address.) Why would it have a completely wrong IP address for Server3? I tried adding the following line to the LMHOSTS file:
Then I rebooted and tried once again to join the Server3 domain, no luck.
Thanks for any clues.